Which technology helps cities grow

Urban development

Urbanization in emerging and developing countries is an irreversible trend. Cities thus become the majority home of humanity. In order for them to fulfill their role, cities must create and maintain an environment that is worth living in for their residents.

First and foremost, there is a need for safe and affordable basic services for all people. Energy and drinking water supply, sewage and waste disposal, mobility offers, education and health care as well as adequate living space and food security are minimum requirements for a decent life and prerequisites for sustainable economic development. Property rights as well as social security systems counter existential fears and contribute to the quality of life of the individual.

Cities are not just supply systems and service providers, however. They are also places of identity and culture and of social discourse. Accessible leisure and recreational offers, accessible to men, women and children, are a component of urban quality of life that should not be underestimated. Monuments and old towns around the world preserve the legacy of the past and still create community and values ‚Äč‚Äčtoday. The preservation of urban uniqueness also stimulates social cohesion and peaceful coexistence in the globalized world.

KfW Development Bank is aware of the diverse roles that cities play. Together with its partners, it makes a contribution to making cities liveable for all citizens, for a sustainable urban future.

Current topics - Liveable cities (PDF, 111 KB, non-accessible)

Project information - Local recreation in Afghanistan (PDF, 116 KB, non-accessible)

Project information - Urban Development Colombia (PDF, 114 KB, non-accessible)